Everyone wants to look fit and healthy on their wedding day, but it can be difficult to establish a workout plan and stick to it. One of the major reasons people fall short of their fitness goals is lack of motivation—and because many couples set a date for their marriage ceremonies far in advance, it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal. A common road block becomes the thought, “There’s still plenty of time to lose the weight. I can start tomorrow.” This mentality can plague brides- and grooms-to-be for months, and then suddenly it’s too late to reach the goals in a healthy way.
Fortunately, this does not have to be your story. You can make the changes you want before your big day. All you have to do is set the right goals, stay committed to them, and remain motivated…okay, so maybe that’s not as easy as it sounds! There are, however, a number of things you can do to increase your chance of success. Keeping the following tips in mind can help you stay committed to your wedding fitness goals, no matter how big or small they are!
Focus on Your “Why”
The first step to success is establishing your “why.” Why are you going to put in all of this effort? Why do you want to lose weight before your wedding day? Do you simply want to look good in your strapless dress as you walk down the aisle? Do you want to have more energy for wedding planning? Do you want to enter your new stage of life at the healthiest you’ve ever been? The whys are different for everyone and you should dedicate some serious time to considering it. Think about how the results will make you feel. Imagining your big day can often help during this process.
Once you have identified your “why,” write it down and display it somewhere prominent. This will serve as a constant reminder of why you are working so hard. When you feel down or discouraged, return to your “why” for inspiration. It will absolutely help to keep you motivated.
Establish Achievable and Measurable Goals
Obviously, you need to set a goal, but the kind of goals you set matters. Saying simply that your goal is to lose weight before the wedding is too open-ended. It’s not specific enough and, frankly, it does not do much to keep you going when the going gets tough. The most successful goals are both achievable and measurable.
An achievable goal is something you know you can meet. Deciding that you’re going to lose 15 pounds in a month is not realistic; doing this will set you up for failure and feeling bad about yourself. In fact, negative feelings and thoughts are the exact opposite of what you need to remain motivated about your wedding fitness goals. Setting a goal that you can’t meet will do nothing but discourage and slow your progress.
This is why it is so important that your goals also be measurable. Success, no matter how small, is a great motivator. A good example of this is deciding that you want to lose eight pounds every month for the five months leading up to your wedding day. This translates to roughly two pounds per week (which is the recommended average). A goal like this is both achievable and measurable.
Set Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
What is your number-one, major wedding fitness goal? Once you know this, you need to create additional goals that support and complement it. These should be comprised of both short-term and long-term goals.
Think of short-term goals as milestones along your path to success of achieving the long-term goals. These smaller goals will help you stay motivated. If your long-term goal is to lose 20 pounds over the course of a year leading up to your wedding, a few good examples of short-term goals to support the weight loss may include:
- Working out three times a week
- Walking 10,000 steps each day
- Drinking a gallon of water every day
- Filling half your plate at every meal with produce
Make sure your long-term goals are as specific as possible. While losing a certain amount of weight can work, working toward a specific clothing size is also appropriate. Or, you may just want to increase your energy levels or be able to hike for a certain amount of time to enjoy activities on your honeymoon.
Find an Accountability Partner
If you are not someone who enjoys working out, the thought of the next several weeks or months getting in shape for your wedding may seem pretty bleak. Fortunately, there are ways to make the experience more bearable—and possibly even fun! The best way to do this is by enlisting the help and company of someone else. This is often referred to as an accountability partner. It can be your spouse-to-be, a family member or friend, co-worker, or even a personal trainer. Whomever you choose, it becomes their role to lovingly hold you accountable and encourage you to meet your wedding fitness goals.